College Football Teams Who Won't Make BCS If They Play Like They Did in Week 1
After a disappointing performance, there are two things that can take place: Either the team comes back motivated, better prepared and focused, or they slip further into the abyss of mediocrity.
The 10 teams featured here are hoping to rebound from subpar performances and keep hopes for a BCS berth later in the season alive.
After performances in Week 1 that at best left us wondering, and at worst were flat embarrassing, these programs will look to rebound in Week 2.
If things don't get better, and fast, for each one of them, their odds of making a BCS game are going to get smaller and smaller as the competition continues to get tougher and weaknesses continue to be exploited.
10. Texas Longhorns
Week 1 Result: 'Horns 37, Cowboys 17
Week 1's confrontation against Wyoming gave us some insight into how the Longhorns plan on winning this season: play dominant defense, run the ball and hope David Ash doesn't screw up.
That should be fine against most of the teams they face this season, but against competitors such as West Virginia, TCU, Oklahoma and Kansas State, it might not be enough.
The rushing attack led by Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown is scary good, but when defenses realize that Ash can't throw the ball and key in on the run game, things could go south in a hurry.
To be fair, Wyoming is better than they get credit for, but this is supposed to be the season the Longhorns emerge as contenders for the Big 12 again, and performances such as Saturday's leave plenty of questions.
9. Florida Gators
Week 1 Result: Gators 27, Bowling Green 14
The Gators are not going to "wow' anyone with their offense, especially when gaining only 365 yards against a miserable BGSU defense.
And there is the problem for Florida.
While Will Muschamp's defense is loaded and can slow down anything an offense is capable of throwing at it, the offense is a shambles.
If Jeff Driskel and the offense do not perform better against the likes of South Carolina and Georgia, this team is in for another long season.
8. Arkansas Razorbacks
Week 1 Result: Arkansas 49, Jacksonville State 24
Week 1 often provides the opportunity to shake off the rust and get into the swing of things against a lesser opponent.
Arkansas certainly did that.
With John L. Smith coaching his first game at the helm of he Razorbacks, things were interesting for a while.
Arkansas was down 14-7 in the second quarter before scoring 28 unanswered points and salting things away by halftime.
Here's the deal: Next week, hapless ULM is in town, then things get real.
Alabama will pay the Hogs a visit on September 15.
While one loss will not eliminate them from the BCS discussion, playing like they did for the first quarter and a half Saturday against SEC foes will.
7. Oklahoma Sooners
Week 1 Result: Sooners 24, Miners 7
Where to begin?
The Sooners' special teams was a disaster, allowing two blocked kicks.
The running game was inconsistent at best, and Landry Jones found himself under near constant pressure.
Other than that, it was a great performance for the Sooners.
Sure, they pulled away late, but the way this team performed, with the exception of receiver Kenny Stills and a solid secondary, leaves cause for concern.
6. Georgia Bulldogs
Week 1 Result: Georgia 45, Buffalo 23
So, you allowed five tackles for loss to a Buffalo team missing its leader, and yet you think you can compete for a national title?
Talk about delusional.
Even though the Bulldogs don't face LSU, 'Bama or Arkansas again this season, they do face some pretty stout defenses in the SEC, and that offensive line should be cause for concern.
Also worth addressing: What if Todd Gurley does not go off for three touchdowns against Missouri next week?
5. South Carolina Gamecocks
Week 1 Result: SC 17, Vandy 13
The Gamecocks' No. 9 preseason ranking is the highest in the program's history.
They almost saw it slip away in Week 1 against Vanderbilt.
The defense was not nearly as stout as it was slated to be, and Vandy forced SC into turnovers on two of its first three possessions.
If the Gamecocks really do have designs on the SEC title, things are going to have to tighten up a bit.
4. Wisconsin Badgers
Week 1 Result: Sconnie 26, Northern Iowa 21
The Big Ten 2010 and 2011 champs looked closer to chumps against UNI, especially in the fourth quarter.
The Badgers' offense, while not explosive, kept things extremely vanilla in Danny O'Brien's first game at quarterback, but moved the ball when needed.
It was 26-7 with 12:31 seconds left in the game.
Then the Badgers defense melted down.
After not allowing UNI to cross midfield until halfway through the third quarter, the defense looked lost, confused and dazed as UNI put up two touchdowns in the space of less than four minutes.
With a trip to an overlooked Oregon State squad looming, and Big Ten title hopes, the Badgers have got to get their act together if they want to be smelling any roses again this season.
On a side note, it has again been confirmed that Bret Bielema is not a nice person.
3. Boise State Broncos
Week 1 Result: Boise State 13, Michigan State 17
For the first time in a long time, Boise State had trouble moving the ball effectively and scoring.
The offense could only total 206 yards, which is four fewer than the defense allowed MSU running back Le'Veon Bell to accumulate.
Bell ran over, around and through the defense all night long.
Chris Petersen's team is in for the worst season it has seen in quite some time.
Michigan State is the toughest test BSU will face all season, but even so, if things don't get better, Petersen may find his team barely sneaking into a bowl game.
2. Stanford Cardinal
Week 1 Result: Cardinal 20, San Jose State 17
The performance that David Shaw's team put on last Saturday left many of us wondering if Andrew Luck had played all 22 positions during his time at the program.
The Cardinal were offensively inept, mustering up an embarrassing 280 yards of total offense against an extremely weak Spartans squad.
The defense was solid, at worst, keeping the team in the game by forcing two turnovers and limiting everything SJSU tried.
But the fact remains that unless this offense gets something figured out, and fast, the Cardinal will probably not even finish with a Top 25 ranking, much less in a BCS game.
1. Michigan Wolverines
Week 1 Result: Embarrassment U of M 14, 'Bama 41
By know, we all know that Alabama knocked around Michigan like a dog shaking a rag doll.
It was ugly.
The Wolverines could only pick up 269 total yards and 11 first downs, Denard Robinson threw three interceptions, and the team averaged only 2.4 yards per carry on 29 attempts.
Granted, the Wolverines will not face a defense of Alabama's caliber again this year unless they meet in a bowl, but Michigan State, Iowa and Ohio State are no slouches.
Brady Hoke is going to have to pick this team up and get it ready to go against Air Force, and the offense needs to regroup.
The return of Fitz Toussaint will help, as will not facing the Tide and their ridiculous defense.